The Seagull

Series 9 - Episode 4 The Seagull

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Review

Author Ann Cleeves’s most recent Vera Stanhope novel, The Seagull, is the final instalment in the series (with some changes, of course). Vera is called to the beach at Whitley Bay, where a skeleton has been unearthed during building work at a site near a once notorious, now derelict former nightclub, The Seagull.

It’s a strange, troubling case for the detective (Brenda Blethyn) that takes her back decades to when a dodgy character from London ran all kinds of shady operations from the club, some of which might have involved Vera’s dad, Hector. She must also confront a sly, bent copper who’s serving a lengthy prison sentence for corruption.

This is Vera at her most knowing – and wistful.

Summary

The detective reopens an unsolved case when a skeleton is discovered beneath the burned-out remains of a Whitley Bay nightclub. She suspects the bones belong to a notorious criminal who was once a friend of her father and has been missing for more than 20 years. When another murder occurs nearby, she investigates the possibility that a local crime family may be involved with both deaths, while the original owners of the club also have secrets to hide. Brenda Blethyn stars in an adaptation of Ann Cleeves' 2017 Vera Stanhope novel The Seagull. Last in the series.

Cast & Crew

DCI Vera Stanhope Brenda Blethyn
DS Aiden Healy Kenny Doughty
DC Kenny Lockhart Jon Morrison
DC Jacqueline Williams Ibinabo Jack
DC Mark Edwards Riley Jones
Dr Malcolm Donahue Paul Kaye
PC George Wooten Steve Evets
Elaine Sidden Claire Higgins
Alec Sidden Daniel Ryan
Leonard Sidden Michael Feast
Mary-Frances Lascola Josie Walker
Justine Brace Angela Wynter
Patty Keane Kathleen Cranham
Michael Claythorpe Michael McKell
Glen Polson Ian Reddington
John Brace Mark Wingett
Scott Keane Leon Stewart
Eleanor Marshburn Delena Kidd
Alison Mackie Joanne Henry
Laura Harper Zita Sattar
Director Declan O'Dwyer
Dramatised By Paul Matthew Thompson
Executive Producer Phil Hunter
Producer Will Nicholson
Writer Ann Cleeves
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